Pommes Frites {aka les French Fries}

French Fries Final 2 Well hello, friends. Did you have a good weekend? We’ve been staying super busy playing with family and cuddling/smothering/stalking our new baby niece. She is so darling and such a good baby! I can’t get over it. Being here has made me realize that I love my family. Like a lot. All the quirkiness and craziness that I inherited is totally awesome.

Also, being here may or may not have kicked my hormones into overdrive.

The jury is out on that one still.

Please don’t tell my husband. 😉

Anyways, lets get to these GORGEOUS looking crispy, crunchy, salty, potatoey goodness known as French Fries or “Pommes Frites”. Typically I won’t make them at home…like ever… because I will inevitably eat them all. True fact. But with this week’s Around the World in 80 Plates episode traveling to France {airing this  Wednesdays at 10/9c on BRAVO}, I thought it only fitting that I make something French. Well, somewhat French. Should this be French American Cuisine? Ok- maybe I’m making a lot of assumptions because {1} I am blonde and they’re not called French Fries for nothing…right? {2} What do I know? (*please refer to #1) and {3} I’ve never been to France.

So yeah. Basically I made fries for this next episode.

I do it because I can.

If you’ve never attempted to make these before, now is a great time to try. They are worth every minute of peeling, chopping, soaking, frying, waiting and frying again. I promise. And all you need is some potatoes and peanut oil. Here’s how you do it:

french fries 1 Peel and chop your potatoes into fries. Place them into some cold water and let them sit so the starch can get removed. Maybe an hour or two? I didn’t wait long because I’m impatient. And I was hungry at the time.

french fries 2 Once you’re ready to fry these, take them out of the water and place them onto some paper towel lined baking sheets. Make sure you dry them off really well! Dropping wet potatoes into hot oil=a visit to the ER. No bueno. PS- burns suck.

french fries 3 So, we’re going to end up frying these twice. I know what you’re thinking. “Twice? Really?” YES. Trust the Lauren. The first time will cook the potato all the way though at a low heat….

french fries 4 {they should look like this}

french fries 5 and the second time will get them crispy and golden at a higher heat.

french fries 6 Drop these onto some fresh paper towels and sprinkle with salt and serve.

French Fries Final 1 Dish them up and that’s it! Hello my pretties.

Very easy to do, just a little time consuming but overall totally worth it! Here’s that printable:

Pommes Frites {aka French Fries}

Yield: 2 servings


2 quarts peanut oil
4 large baking potatoes


Peel potatoes and slice into fry shapes. Place into a bowl of very cold water and sit anywhere from 2-24 hours. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Heat peanut oil to 300 degrees approximately. Fry potatoes until tender on the inside but not brown. Drain on fresh paper towels. Increase oil temperature to 400 degrees approximately and cook fries in batches until brown and crispy. Place onto fresh paper towels and sprinkle with salt. Serve immediately.

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29 Responses to “Pommes Frites {aka les French Fries}”

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm



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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — May 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Double frying really does make the best fries. Makes me want some for breakfast!


  3. #
    amy — May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Oh. my. goodness.
    I will eat them all! Thanks for posting this one for my curves! :)


  4. #
    Katrina — May 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Mmm delicious! Love this!


  5. #
    brandi — May 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    yum – homemade fries are the best!


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    Kathryn — May 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Oh yes, super keen on a plate of pomme frites!


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    Ryan - Spicy Richmond — May 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own! I’ll have to try this!


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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — May 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve still never actually tried making French fries! These look sooooooo good, though. May have to give it a try. Love that you love your family!! :)


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    When I’m sick of salad there’s nothing I want more than a simple French fry dunked in ketchup. These look so crisp, easy and heavenly!


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    Cassie — May 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Oh goodness, my dream come true. I am a huge lover of French fries!


  11. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — May 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I love the soaking trick! I will try that next time :)


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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Dangerous! I’m both thankful and sad that I don’t have any peanut oil!


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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — May 15, 2012 at 12:06 am

    Now these are some seriously gorgeous fries! The double fry is the only way to go!


  14. #
    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 15, 2012 at 1:47 am

    French fries rule!!!! Yours look perfect :-)


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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 15, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Time consuming, but your pictures definitely make it look like it’s all worth it! Also, you make cute babies, I vote you give in to the hormones 😉


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    tanya — May 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I’ve always been too impatient to make home made fries like this. I usually just roast potatoes in the oven. But I have to say, I may change my ways. These looks perfect!


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    baker in disguise — May 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    why oh why are the best things doubly fried?!?!? these french fries.. i want!!


  18. #
    Erin — May 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Yum! Homemade french fries are on my list to make sometime. These look lovely!


  19. #
    katie — May 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    My favorite way to eat french fries… twice fried!!!! Still have yet to make a batch of my own–I think you are helping convince me I should!


  20. #
    Apple — May 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I am surprised you chose to make what is perhaps Belgium’s most famous dish for Lyon, which is in France. I hope Belgium isn’t next, they’ll feel slighted.


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    JulieD — May 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    I agree on frying them twice! Looks awesome, Lauren!


  22. #
    Kim B. — May 16, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Oh be still my heart!!! Nothing BEATS homemade french fries :)


  23. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 16, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Twice baked fries? That’s the only way to go :)


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    Mallory's Kitchen — May 16, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    These look amazing– crispy on the outside and soft and heavenly on the inside. Will definitely give these a try.


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    Madison (@properlybright) — May 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

    these looks so amazing and i’m now a new huge fan of your blog but oh geeze french fries aren’t even french! i’m a little disappointed with this post for the competition. they originated in belgium and while you did a great job on making beautiful crisp fries there’s no real depth to the recipe. it’s just a how to. i wish you created a french dip to go with it or something…=P


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    ingrid pylyser — June 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I am from belgium and the fries are really a belgium product.
    So, here is the real way to make fries !!!!!
    take a patato like a bintje.
    cut them in the tickness of a vinger.
    wash them quickly in water.
    please oh please do not let them soak in water.
    dry them in a towel.
    Heat vegetable oil; like arachide
    bake them for the first time to 150°C to let them cook inside but not brown. If they become brown, you used the wrong kind of patato.
    the second time heat the oil to 180°C and bake them.
    Normally the second bake goes quickly, you wait untill you hear them sing!
    put them on a kitchen paper and serve immediately.

    you can pre bake the fries for the first time, let them cool off and then place them in the freezer.
    You get them out of the freezer en put them immediately in hot oil of 180°C

    this how we “belgian” cook the fries


  27. #
    Ashley — June 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    FYI French Fries are French!! Went to France a few months ago!


  28. #
    chuck — June 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    what would be the calorie count on potatoes fixed like this.
    starch removing, drying off the grease both times, light salt.. and cool down…
    what kinda of calorie count would this be??? I hear potatoes cooked are good for you, and the removal of most of the grease should make these more toward the healthy side i would think…
    any ideas??



  29. #
    Carol — August 16, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I lived in Belgium for 4 years. They have the best french fries in the world!


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